Cooper College Cares for TakaneKidz

TakaneKidz Pre-School is a school of 32 children run by the big-hearted, Caroline Libongani-Ngwenya.  Caroline has been running the school for seven years and eventually received NPO status in January 2010.

The children’s ages range between one and six years old, 15 of them coming from extremely challenging circumstances.

Caroline’s sons attend Cooper College where the teachers have gotten to know her.  When she approached them for assistance with lesson plans for her little wards, they decided to investigate further.  After meeting the children, it went without saying that they wanted to roll their sleeves up and get involved.  The teachers now visit the school on a weekly basis, taking food and playing with the children.  Each visit is made all the more special by the introduction of different activities in order to keep them stimulated and help them to engage with any environment more confidently.

In March of 2015 the Cooper College teachers arranged a fun outing for Caroline and the children.  While the children were out, the teachers conducted an “extreme make-over” of the property – painting, cleaning up the garden and generally re-organising the school.  When they returned, they were surprised and delighted with their refreshed surroundings!

In June/July 2015, the students of Cooper College coordinated a collection of necessary items for TakaneKidz.  These items were packed into gift hampers and the children were brought to Cooper College for a Spring Day celebration in September.  The students picnicked with each other, played soccer and enjoyed the jumping castle.  One of our kind parents arranged for the clown, Ronald MacDonald, to spend the day entertaining them with magic tricks and balloon sculpting.

Cooper College’s engagement with TakaneKidz is ongoing.

If you would like to get involved, you are invited to ‘adopt a child’ by pledging R500 per month.  This will be used to pack a food parcel for some of the more destitute children’s household (it will include basics such as tea, sugar, milk, rice, lotion, toilet paper, etc.).

To assist Takane, you can contact Caroline on 072 611 8561 or visit the Facebook page which Cooper College has setup on their behalf.

Project Water

The big-hearted children of Cooper College recently did a collection of water for the drought-stricken areas of the Free State. Over 1000 litres of water was collected towards this important initiative.

Food and blankets for 4Paws

Recently Cooper College and Magic beings joined forces to collect food and blankets for the charity, 4Paws (www.4ourpaws.org.za).  4Paws take care of a large number of abandoned or abused cats and dogs.  The collection was initiated by a little girl at Cooper College in Grade 1B, Ashleigh Carr, with support from her folks.

The parents of both schools exceeded all our expectations – there was such a large amount of goodies donated that 4paws had to send for a second bakkie to help collect all the food, toys and animal bedding. We are very proud of Ashleigh and enormously grateful to the all the children and parents that contributed to this worthy cause.

Cooper College supports Cotlands

About Cotlands

Cotlands is a national non-profit organisation offering integrated early childhood development programmes that provide care, support and development opportunities to vulnerable young children and their families.

History

Founded in 1936, Cotlands was originally created as a sanctuary for abandoned babies. It all started one night when a baby was left on the doorstep of Matron Dorothy Reece’s home in Mayfair, Johannesburg. She decided to take the infant in and care for it and so, Cotlands was born out of this single act of kindness.

Vision

To see children in South Africa thrive in their formative years.

Mission

Cotlands provides children with effective, high impact health, psychosocial and early learning play based development opportunities to help them thrive.

Values

Cotlands operations are underpinned by the following values:
* Responsibility
* Excellence
* Impact
* Possibilities
* Responsiveness
* Play

Organisational Profile

Cotlands has been a beacon of hope for thousands of vulnerable children since 1936. Now operating in 5 provinces – Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Mpumalanga – Cotlands reaches thousands more through its high impact early childhood development programme.

Brand Story

Children grow – and so have we. Today, Cotlands is a national non-profit organisation providing early learning playgroups, toy libraries, nutrition, health, psycho-social and residential child care in five provinces. Our brand and services continue to evolve to remain relevant to the communities we serve.

National Footprint

Currently operating in five provinces in South Africa, Cotlands provides a range of services to more than 8, 000 beneficiaries nationally.